Obviously can't speak for Serbians even though I do have many Serb friends but I think the article sums it up well enough.gazuty wrote: ↑Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:02 am@Kai - be interested if you have any views on this article- https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/worl ... kovic.html
Like I mentioned earlier in the thread, there are a lot of vocal anti-vaxers in the region and the whole lockdown periods did not go well in Serbia in particular. I think people overall take their personal freedoms very seriously and just see it as another form of oppression. I've seen Serbian users reading this thread so I'd rather leave it to them to expand on that should they wish to.
Clearly, for anti-vaxers this basically makes Novak a martyr so this will only serve to cement his champion status in their eyes, like someone already pointed out in the thread earlier. Don't really have much of an opinion/interest personally on the drama, been blown way out of proportion and doesn't reflect well on anyone involved, I think either way a decision needed to be reached very quickly, the only tennis drama that deserves this type of media attention is the Peng Shuai one for me.
I'm sure top athletes get away with stuff all the time, Novak probably didn't think it was going to be a big deal at all.